An unprecedented situation continues to unfold in Baltimore. And while that term sometimes gets overused, it’s entirely accurate in this case.

The Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson are trying to work out what would be a market-level, long-term deal. Jackson is proceeding without an agent. And while it’s his right to do so, the fact that he’s not represented has become one of the main reasons why a deal isn’t done.

For deals like this, the agent and the front office are in constant communication about the complexities and nuances of the contract. With Jackson getting ready for the first game of the regular season, that can’t happen.